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posted in February 2006
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Google Porn Search On Cell Phones
Commentary  |  2/28/2006  | 
Google gave two computer scientists access to more than a million of its mobile search records in research aimed at understanding the unique needs of wireless Web surfers. Judging by the results, what users really need is a porn portal, as more searches were for smut than anything else.

Microsoft MSN Adds Street-Side Views To Local Maps
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
The latest feature presents a view similar to what a person would see from a car, according to the company.
Google Widens Search Lead As Growth Slows
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Google's share of the search market reached 41.4% in January, up more than 6 percentage points from a year earlier. Yahoo, MSN, and Time Warner Network all lost market share.
Microsoft Unveils "Non-Security" Update For IE
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
With the update in place, Internet Explorer 6 won't run some ActiveX controls until they've been explicitly enabled by the user.
First Cell-Phone Java Trojan On The Loose
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
The exploit can attack any smart phone, PDA, or cell phone that runs Java 2 Micro Edition, Sun Microsystems' version for consumer electronics devices.
Think Globally, Analyze Locally
Commentary  |  2/28/2006  | 
All this talk about "operational BI" and "pushing intelligence to decison-makers" is mostly just theory, right? No, it isn't. And nothing illustrates better than example.
Apple Unveils Intel-Based Mac Mini And iPod Boombox
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
The Intel-based Mac Mini and speakers for the iPod are part of Apple's digital living room strategy, designed to allow consumers to use Apple products for all their video and audio needs.
Q&A: Hewlett-Packard's Linux Chief
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Christine Martino, vice president of Hewlett Packard's Open Source and Linux organization, talks about middleware, Linux on the desktop, and other open source trends.
Diverse Coalition Battles AOL's Pay-To-Send E-Mail System
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Nonprofit organizations and other groups launch a campaign to pressure America Online into halting plans for a pay-to-send E-mail system.
Business Objects, Noetix Sign OEM Deal
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Noetix will integrate and resell Crystal Xcelsius with its Dashboard product.
RFID Conference Showcases Asset Tracking
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
'Smart shelves,' the next generation of RFID tags, and asset tracking are among the wares attendees will see at this week's RFID World event in Dallas.
SEC Shuts Down $50 Million Autosurf Ponzi Scam
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed fraud charges against the owner of an Autosurf site who it accused of running a $50 million Ponzi scam and pocketing nearly $2 million.
Dell Ships Second Pair Of Duo Notebooks
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Dell on Tuesday posted another pair of Core Duo-powered notebooks to its sales site, the third and fourth models from the Texas manufacturer to feature Intel's newest dual-core chip.
Dealing With The Computer Viruses On Mouse And Keyboard
Commentary  |  2/28/2006  | 
Both companies and individuals have become much more successful lately coping with computer viruses by buying, installing and using anti-virus software. But what about the REAL germs living on your mouse and keyboard?
Hearing On JPEG Compression Patent Set
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Forgent Networks day in court could eventually lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in licensing fees.
Oracle Patches E-Business Security Flaws Ahead Of Schedule
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
The move marks the first time Oracle has notified customers of a security fix in an upgrade between its quarterly patch updates.
Symantec Threat Meter Gauges Online Activity
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Symantec launches a new Internet security barometer that gives consumers clues on which online activities are currently safest.
Face Recognition Feature Readied For Japanese Cell Phones
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Vodafone's Face Sensing Engine uses a 3.2-megapixel camera to authenticate a user's facial features and eliminate the need for passwords or fingerprint verification.
In Focus: Clouds on the SOA/BPM Horizon?
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
We're approaching the "Peak of Inflated Expectations" when it comes to service-oriented architecture and business process management.
Analysis: When SOA and Process Management Merge
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Software AG's Crossvision release asserts that service-oriented architecture and business process management belong together.
'Lily Pad' Hotspots Cover Cincinnati With Free Wi-Fi
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
More than 20 "pods," each with numerous hot-spots and still more access points, are already up and running. At least 55 more are slated to be online in the coming weeks.
Auction Site To Offer Pre-Release PlayStation 3 Consoles
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
UniqueAuction.com in mid-March plans to auction off 10 Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles, company officials told TechWeb.
Review: ThinkPad T60p
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Lenovo's new ThinkPad T60p is a very successful--if pricey--attempt to bridge the gap between the ultraportables and the desktop replacements.
Research Group Warns Of New Mobile Device Threat
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
The proof-of-concept Crossover virus is named for its ability to cross-infect a Windows Mobile Pocket PC from a desktop computer, then delete files on the mobile device.
Sony Ericsson Handsets To Feature Google Blogger, Search
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
The pre-loaded blog feature enables callers to upload photos by selecting the blog feature instead of e-mail or picture messaging. Callers are automatically linked to Google's Blogger application
American IT Jobs Give Bush Valuable Bargaining Chip In Talks With India
Commentary  |  2/28/2006  | 
George Bush's visit to India this week provides the perfect high-profile opportunity for the President to urge Congress to eliminate all numerical caps on H-1B foreign worker visas. Such a move would help the United States in a number of ways, while holding very little downside for the American economy.
India Readies High-Tech Manufacturing Policy
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
The Indian government will soon announce a policy that will enable it to take equity in and help boost the manufacture of high-technology products such as semiconductors, wafers, storage devices, and plasma and LCD panels.
IBM Affirms RFID Commitment
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
A new asset tracking application, a server upgrade, and a new test center in Dublin make IBM's RFID intentions crystal clear.
Oracle Launches Free Database Version
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Oracle 10g XE, available as a free 150-Mbyte download, is intended for developers, and there are hardware and memory constraints.
Mobile Phone Sales Up 21% In 2005: Gartner
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
The top six vendors accounted for 79%of worldwide mobile phone sales in 2005, to the detriment of smaller providers.
Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Panasonic's new Lumix not only has it all, but its price brings it into range for even casual photographers.
Yahoo Limits Advertising With Competing Trademarks
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
Yahoo plans to stop allowing advertisers to buy ads against searches on their competitors' trademarks. But Google continues the practice, and lawyers say it's undetermined whether the ads are legal.
Broadband Gap Narrowing Between Rural, Urban America: Survey
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
At the end of 2005, some 24% of rural Americans had high-speed Internet connections at home, compared with 39% of adult Americans living elsewhere.
IBM, Novell Unveil Open Source ID Management
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
The technology will let individuals manage and control their online personal information--including bank account, telephone, and credit card numbers--or medical and employment records.
Power-Based Designs Become Available
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
Power.org members can complete system-on-chip devices much faster if they take advantage of proven designs that other members have already completed, and those designs will now be commercially available for license.
Google Expands Payment Services
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
Account-holders with Google can now use their credit cards to buy items listed in Google Base, and more payment services are coming.
Symantec Launches Midmarket Security Appliance
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
The new appliances will support between 100 and 200 nodes, and will feature the same security software as the company's enterprise-grade devices but will be offered with unlimited license agreements.
Review: SiteAdvisor, Preview Version
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
Not sure whether a site is safe or not? SiteAdvisor says it can help.
Microsoft Confirms Work On New Handheld Device
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
The company will update its 'Origami Project' site later this week with more details, but it's still a ways off from product availability.
For Apple, There's No Business Like Show Business
Commentary  |  2/27/2006  | 
Apple plans to announce something tomorrow, and the rumor mill is working overtime trying to guess what that announcement might be. Over the weekend, one possibility -- a big-screen video iPod -- was knocked out of contention after a hoaxter posted a step-by-step video about how he created the fake prototype photo everyone was buzzing about.
IBM Debuts Floating-Point Unit For PowerPC
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
The extension is designed to provide high-performance, low-power consumption for embedded applications.
Analyst Dings Security Vendors For Exploiting Apple Flaws
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
Rob Enderle is convinced that security companies see Apple as their next big revenue opportunity.
Revenue Growth And Profitability Elude Sun
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
CEO McNealy points to improving margins and software sales to startups as hopeful signs of a turnaround.
Finding Humor In IT
Commentary  |  2/27/2006  | 
Humor is in short supply in the business world. And that's a shame because there are some subjects that benefit from a liberal dose of levity. Osterman Research's report, "Email Troubleshooting: The Cost and Impact to the Enterprise," represents just such a topic. Though no doubt a subject near and dear to the heart of Zenprise, the E-mail management software maker that sponsored the study, it's not the sort of reading m
It's Not Wise To Neglect Certain SOX Requirements
Commentary  |  2/27/2006  | 
If you're still harboring doubts about meeting your SOX deadlines, you might want to check out a webinar tomorrow (Feb. 28) that features Michael Horowitz, commissioner of the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC). The event, titled, "Upward Mobility: Leveraging Your Sarbanes-Oxley Investment for Broader Risk Management," will take place 1 p.m. EST. Co-hosted by compliance vendor Axentis and Business Finance Magazine, speakers will also include
Ruminations On RIM Non-Ruling
Commentary  |  2/27/2006  | 
CA To Reduce Sales Staff Dedicated To Named Accounts
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
The accounts to be cut are customers that buy less than $1.3 million in CA products annually, according to a CA senior vice president.
Adware Firm Admits Error, Apologizes
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
180solutions, the controversial adware marketer, admitted last week that it has found a pair of sites adding its Zango software to PCs without users' consent.
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